September 13, 2020
For the second time this very unusual summer, I had the privilege of performing live in an outdoor setting. I’m so very grateful to Sarah Falkiner and the organizers of Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm, for creating this lovely community driven performance series in this Logan Square herb and veggie garden! My first performance was a shortened version of Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here, which I can’t help but call Garden Fragments. The ever talented Justin Bernard Bowse creatd beautiful tracks of my songs on piano. Delightful singer/songwriter Carey Anne Farrell preceded me. (Love her songs!)
HOT it was hot! Cicadas provided a deafening backup chorus as socially distanced and masked audience members gathered around-while I stayed 20 feet or more away. Sept 9, a similar but different arrangement, wherein I sang a short set, followed by Little Fires improvised dance, with William Jason Raynovich closing the evening on cello. This time it was chilly and damp, and the cicadas napped. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed one of the few opportunities to participate in live performance, perhaps for the remainder of the year.
July 26, 2020
Wendy Parman Voice Studio was absolutely thrilled to hold an online Singer’s Salon Fundraiser to benefit B. Fli Productions. Rashada Dawan the Creator and Executive Director (and an amazing singer!) joined many singers from my studio and beyond, as we all raised our songs to support a wonderful organization: “B.Fli Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization on a mission to increase mental wellness and decrease violence through the power of music, dance and live theatre.” Rashada is doing beautiful work in underserved neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side. Learn more or donate to B. Fli here: https://bfliproductions.org/
JUNE, 2020 #BlackLivesMatter
The journey of the voice is a rich and sacred journey, wherein we, hopefully find ourselves. Part of this journey is also one of listening to the voices of others. We need to listen to so many voices right now, particularly the voices of BIPOC- (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) their struggles, their joys, their sorrows, yes, their anger. Only then can we become whole, as a community, as a nation, and as individuals.
So many things to update about and mostly not good! Sadly, rehearsals for Nine, the musical for Blank Theatre were suspended, and the show postponed until we are on the other side of this coronavirus crisis. Fingers are crossed that we will all meet again, soon, as this cast, crew, and production team is the absolute bomb and this show is going to me stellar. (And I love the role of Liliane La Fleur!) Keep us in your performer prayers or whatever you do, and keep posted for future dates, probably at Stage 773.
In the meantime, all lessons were moved online as of the end of March. We’ve done online lessons on a variety of platforms before, but never the entirety of our studio! So while a wee bit challenging, now it’s already old hat. Students adjusted admirably and I’m planning on creating an online Singer’s Salon for them in the near future. Should be both challenging and fun! Here is my collage inspired by Liliane: